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Angus, Colin and Henney, Maddy . (2019) Modelling the impact of alcohol duty policies since 2012 in England & Scotland. ScHARR, University of Sheffield. 36 p.

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Estimates from new versions of the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model for both England and Scotland suggest that:

  • Changes in UK alcohol duty since 2012 have led to increased levels of alcohol consumption, greater levels of alcohol-related ill health, premature mortality, higher rates of alcohol-related crime and workplace absence than if the alcohol duty escalator had remained in place until 2015 as originally planned
  • There have been almost 2,000 additional deaths caused by alcohol in England and 250 more in Scotland as a result of these changes in Government policy since 2012.
  • These additional deaths have occurred disproportionately in more deprived households, widening inequalities in health
  • Since 2012 there have been an additional 66,000 hospital admissions in England and Scotland, at a cost of £341m to the NHS, compared to if the duty escalator had remained until 2015
  • Reintroducing an alcohol duty escalator in 2020 would be an effective way to reduce alcohol consumption and related harms, resulting in an estimated 4,700 fewer deaths in England and 420 in Scotland over the period to 2032 as a result.
Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Report
Drug Type:Alcohol
Intervention Type:AOD disorder, AOD prevention, AOD disorder harm reduction
Date:October 2019
Pages:36 p.
Publisher:ScHARR, University of Sheffield
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Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Substance use behaviour > Alcohol consumption
A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Effects and consequences
B Substances > Alcohol
G Health and disease > State of health
G Health and disease > Substance use disorder > Alcohol use
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care economics
L Social psychology and related concepts > Economic availability or accessibility
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Economic policy
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Economic aspects of substance use (cost / pricing)
P Demography, epidemiology, and history > Population dynamics > Substance related mortality / death
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom > England
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom > Scotland

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